In this multi-conference battle, two teams coming off opposite outcomes in their latest matchups are clashing, when the Los Angeles Lakers (26-24), who ended a losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (32-18), who are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 01-29-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +6.5
Los Angeles Lakers have a 26-24 record (21-27-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Suns with a 116-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.1 and in boards grabbed with 8.3 per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 19.1 ppg and 5.9 boards per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 32-18 record (23-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Nuggets with a 110-126 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.2 ppg, adding a team high 13.3 boards per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 19 ppg and 4.8 boards, while JJ Redick adds 18.5 ppg.
In their two meetings last season each team won once on the road (Lakers by 3 points and Sixers by 6). Lakers have a 16-11 home record, while the Sixers are 11-13 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115.6 ppg to Lakers’ 112.3, while Lakers are better defensively, allowing 111.7 ppg to Sixers’ 112.2. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (47.4% to 47.3%), while Sixers have a better 3-point percentage (36.2% to 33.6%). Both teams almost equal both in boards grabbed (47.5 to 47.2) and in turnovers committed (15.2 to 15.4), while Sixers are better in dimes made (26.2 to 22). Sixers are the favorite in this one and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -6.5 (-110)
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